Hi guys, Paige here. So if you read my new years resolutions post, you would know that one of my goals was to blog weekly, and if you have been following my blog since, you would know that I haven’t done that for the past few months; I blame exams and coursework for this. So for this first post back I have decided to do a post I did years ago when I first started this blog, which is the dance tag. This post was deleted a while ago when I decided to restart my blog however I managed to find the questions from it. I can’t remember where I first saw this tag but I think it was the first dance post I ever posted. Thinking about it, it would have been fun to compare my answers now to my answers a few years ago but I am pretty sure some of them will be very different. If you enjoy reading dance posts please let me know as I don’t know who actually enjoys them. Also I am going to be using my Instagram more and posting polls on my story for what posts you would like to see, so if you want to see that my username is just mylifemadepretty. Sorry for the long intro.
How long have you been dancing?
This answer has definitely changed as now it has been quite a few years longer. I have been dancing for roughly eleven years as I started when I was four. I can’t remember the majority of those first few years but I know I must have fallen in love with it as I have stuck with it for so long.
What is your least favourite style of dance?
I’m not a hundred percent sure if my answer will have changed from my original as I can’t remember if I did this style at the time. The chances are that if I did then my answer would be the same. Tap is definitely my least favourite style of dance as I have never really done it properly. I didn’t start tap when I was tiny and so I have found it harder to pick up later on. I have tried to take tap lessons a couple of times but I never really enjoyed it and now don’t do it. I really like the style of tap but it isn’t something I enjoy.
Another one of my least favourite styles is commercial which wasn’t in my answer last time because I probably didn’t know what it was. Again I really like the style of commercial but I have only done it in workshops or intensives so I struggle with them and tend not to enjoy them as much as other classes.
Another style that is one of my least favourites is acro, again this is not because I don’t like the style but because I can’t do it. I did gymnastics when I was little but never stuck with it. I can do a cartwheel now and that is my limit.
What is your favourite style of dance?
This one I don’t have a definite answer for but I know last time my answer was definitely ballet. I still absolutely adore ballet as I love the technical side of dance and the pointe shoes and tutus that go hand in hand with it. Ballet is the only style I have done for the whole of the eleven years I have danced for and has been the foundations for everything else I have done. I love that the good toes, naughty toes from pre primary are still just as important now as they were then. I also really love the more contemporary and lyrical side of dance. Despite contemporary being the complete opposite of ballet, as in very untechnical and a lot about making shapes, it is one of my favourite styles. I think it has been less than two years since I started taking contemporary classes, but its definitely one of my favourite styles. I love lyrical as it is almost a mix of ballet and contemporary. That probably isn’t the real definition of it but I feel like it comes with the freedom of contemporary and the prettiness of ballet. I don’t do lyrical classes but this tends to be the style I go towards when I am choreographing of improvising.
Are you a competitive dancer?
I have only ever competed once in the time I have been dancing which was a local dance comp in the town centre where I competed with a street crew. As much as I enjoyed it, I have never done one since and now don’t even do street.
What is one dance flaw you want to change?
There is more than one thing about dance that I would like to change but I think the main one is my feet. I love it when people who don’t dance ask me what I don’t like about my dancing as they always look so confused when I say my feet. About eighteen months ago, I had sickled feet, which really didn’t help me when I was trying to improve. I have now managed to correct this but I still struggle with the flexibility in my feet. This also limits how far up onto my pointe shoes I can get which isn’t particularly fun.
Another thing I’d want to change is my middle splits and back flexibility. I have both leg over splits but still feel miles away from my middle splits. My back flexibility has also been something I have struggled with for a while. I am working on both of these, so hopefully by the end of this year I will have improved a bit.
What is your favourite dance move?
I wish I knew what I said when I originally wrote this post because when I wrote I couldn’t turn or leap to save my life. I really like leaps as I am quite a natural jumper (and actually enjoy petit allegro) so I am able to get a lot of hight on them which makes them fun. I also really like kicks because I have long legs which makes them look more impressive than they actually are.
What do you want to improve on?
My answer to this question is similar to my answer for the flaws I want to change. I want to work on my back, feet and middle split flexibility. I also want to work on my turns as on one leg I can do about four and on the other I’m lucky to get one.
Do you prefer barefoot or shoes?
It really depends on the style. Obviously, I am going to wear shoes for ballet or if I was doing street/commercial but for every thing else I usually don’t wear shoes. Some times I do wear foot undies but I don’t mind dancing barefooted and it is good practice to turn without shoes.
Do you prefer tights or no tights?
Tights in the snow, tights in 30 degree heat. I always wear tights as I am a lot more comfortable dancing in tights and I think it looks better on me. When I was younger I didn’t wear tights but then we had skirts.
What is your favourite dance wear?
I’m not sure whether this question means brand or just in general and I can’t remeber what I did last time. For brand, I really like bloch leotards as the are really pretty and I also really like my capezio leotard that I always wear. I think my pointe shoes are also bloch. In general my favourite item of dance wear is probably leotards as so many of them are so pretty and there is no such thing as too many leotards.
What dance styles do you do now?
Now I do ballet (and pointe), modern and contemporary. I also do limbering classes and am doing B-TEC dance at school. Over the elven years of dance, I have also done street and tap which I no longer do.
Is dance your favourite sport?
Favourite and only. Dance is obviously my favourite sport and it is a sport despite all the people who insist its not. I have done other sports such as rock climbing and athletics as well as that little bit of gymnastics I did when I was little, but I don’t really do any of them anymore.
Who is a dancer you look up to?
There are a lot of different dancers that I have looked up to. Michaela De Prince is definitely a dancer I look up to. This is probably one of the more recent ones but her story is so inspirational and she is a really good role model. Another dancer I look up to is Sophia Lucia. She is only a few months older than me but is such an insane dancer. Her flexibility and turns are insane and I think she is someone that a lot of younger dancers want to be like. When I was younger I also really looked up to Darcey Bussell. I also really love Diversity and have seen them twice.
What style of dance do you find the most difficult?
I have already pretty much answered this as the style I really struggle with are tap, commercial and acro. However, I don’t actually do any of these style anymore so out of the styles I do, I think the one I find the most difficult is modern as I have only recently started it again and am now trying to catch up with.
Why do you love dance?
I feel like I could talk about this forever as dance has always been such a big part of my life. I also feel like I could save it for my English spoken exam so I’ll just write a bit now. I think that dance is so important because it has given me a lot of confidence which I maybe wouldn’t have had without it. It is also an escape from school and exams where you are free to do what you want. It is a way to express yourself and tell a story and that story can be made powerful within a dance.
This post is quite a long one so thank you if you made it this far. Hopefully this post told you a little bit more about me and my journey of dancing. I think I probably wrote a lot more than last time and that my answers were probably quite a bit different. If you dance please do this tag on your own blog and let me know if you do as I would really love to read them. If you have any dance stories of your own please feel free to share them in the comments and I will look through them.
Thank you for reading,
Bye for now,
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